Getting It Done PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN ACTION
No one knows
better than you, the
It Done.” So every
month, PM Network
shares your expertise
on everything from
and all project
topics in between.
If you’re interested
Ajay Ayyar, PMP, is a group IT project manager
at the media and entertainment company Nine
Entertainment Co., Willoughby, Australia.
to communicate the end-to-end picture. This
provided the team clarity and direction while also
explaining how each team member role supported
the end result.
4. Work toward short-term targets. We used an
agile approach, setting small two-week targets to
ensure focus on priorities. It worked well: Daily
scrums let us quickly identify roadblocks and
inform team members of priorities for the next
24 hours. Working in short cycles also ensured
that regular progress was presented to the project sponsor, a priority for projects involving new
tools or technology.
5. Keep performance and usability in mind.
When a new type of technology platform is intro-
duced, users will not fully adopt it unless it is easy
to use, aesthetically appealing and fast to load. So
our project team used automated performance
tools and tested reports from a usability standpoint
before showcasing the technology to users.
6. Involve support and operations staff at all
stages. Because this was a new type of project for
us, we worked especially hard to engage support
and operations teams throughout the project, from
kickoff to close. This made the formal handover to
these teams much easier and smoother, because
they already understood the platform. PM